It's that time of year when it's still warm enough for shorts, but you can tell that cooler weather is on the way. A few of the dogwood trees have started trending toward red rather than green leaves, and some days the angle of the light at sunrise and sunset lets you know that it's time for the season to turn. I am not looking forward to cold weather, but a little cool off after the heat of this summer will be much appreciated.
At the barn, we are gearing up for the year's biggest fund raiser, our Fall Festival on October 22. It's a fun event with music, games and crafts for the kids, a big silent auction, horse demonstrations, pony rides, and a horse and rider costume contest. I'm thinking about entering that last thing this year if I can find a Lone Ranger costume. Mark's big gray horse, Silverado, will fit the bill nicely for my steed. And, if I can rope Scout, the big paint horse's owner into dressing up like Tonto, we can win big! Now that I think of it, I'm going to go commercial for a moment and ask if any of you would like to donate goods or services for our silent auction. The Conservancy is a non-profit, and all proceeds from the auction go to the care and maintenance of farm property and facilites. The County is broke, and we need all the help we can get. Of course, donations need not be horse related. Send me an email if you'd like to help.
Ok, knitting. Yup, still doing a lot of that. Right now, I'm working on a test knit for Nell (click the link to see her fabulous work!) She is a wonderful designer, and I'm happy to be able to help her out. However, I had to put that project on hold for a few days, though, to knit these for her - Therm Hat and Therm Mitts.
Mine are made from Patons Classic Wool. The interesting rib pattern makes for a comfortably snug fit. I can see making many more sets of these for myself and for gifts.
Before that, I dug into the stash and came up with six tiny balls of yarn I bought from the Habu booth at Stitches South in 2010. This was one of those "I love this yarn and haven't an idea of what to knit with it" moments. But I had started some cabled socks (still in progress) and needed a don't-have-to-think-about-it project, so grabbed the pretty green yarn and cast on for a Lacy Baktus.
Here's a close up.
This will be nice and warm, and the color will brighten a gloomy day.
The finished project before this one was the Kleio Shawl. I don't have a photo of that yet, because it's in the big "to be blocked" pile. But I've also been motivated to block things, so hopefully in a week or two I'll get through the pile and can post photos of a lot of shawls! Kleio was interesting, in that there were several rows of Latvian Braid to be knit, some of which were almost 600 stitches long. I'm glad to have learned this new to me technique, but wish I'd started with something smaller, like a mitten cuff!
In other barn news, my trainer, Mark, got a new horse that I was privledged to be able to help pick out. He was replacing a horse that he'd had for 18 years. Raffi taught a lot of kids and adults how to ride, but was suffering with cancer, so he went to live at the University of Georgia, where he is now helping vet students learn how to treat sick horses. Now, we have Sandi (or Cinderell/Ella/Cindy - Mark can't figure out what he wants to call her!) She is SO sweet, and is a very zippy ride. Mark has had some of the more experienced riders on her since she came a month or so ago, but I might get my chance this week. I'll leave you today with a photo of this pretty girl.